Joseph V. Sinfield

Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the College of Engineering Innovation and Leadership Studies Program

Purdue University
Lyles School of Civil Engineering
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051

Office: HAMP G231
Phone: (765) 496-2742


Specialty Area(s)

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997
M.S.C.E., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994
B.S.C.E., Bucknell University, 1992

Research Interests

    Sensing in civil and geoenvironmental engineering:
  • Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy for geoenvironmental sensing
  • Understanding nitrogen cycle inefficiencies in the soil and water environment using in-situ sensing techniques
  • Assessing biodegradation potential and progress for monitored natural attenuation of chlorinated solvents in groundwater
  • Economic and technical benefits of real-time rolling resistance measurement for haul road vehicles
  • Prevention of sensor bio-fouling during in-situ freshwater analyses
  • Examination of subsurface pavement drainage conduits using GPR
  • Assessment of high molecular weight organic compounds by LED-induced fluorescence
  • Pore fluid engineering for liquefaction remediation
    Innovation and business management:
  • Managing the inherent uncertainty of developing new innovations and encouraging their adoption
  • Evaluation of case-based teaching methods as a means to develop entrepreneurial skills and mindset among engineering students
  • Company level liquidity assessment and financial decision making for construction contractors
  • Strategic development of high-performance teams in large-scale construction projects
  • Developing a process to manage identify, prioritize, and adopt new technologies in departments of transportation
  • Business model innovation

Selected Research Projects

  • National Science Foundation - Geoenvironmental Influences on Raman Spectroscopic Monitoring of Chlorinated Solvents (PI) - January 2010 - December 2011
  • National Science Foundation - Engineering the Pore Fluid of Sands with Highly Plastic Nanoparticles for Liquefaction Prevention (co-PI with A. Bobet, M. Santagata, C. Johnston) - August 2009 - July 2011
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, MIT Sea Grant Program - Enabling high- and low-molecular weight AUV-based chemical analysis: Complementing mass spectrometry with multichannel time-resolved fluorometry aboard the NEREUS/Odyssey vehicle (co-PI with H. Hemond [MIT]) - February 2009 - January 2011
  • Joint Transportation Research Program (INDOT/FHWA) - Non-destructive Evaluation of the Condition of Subsurface Drainage in Pavements Using GPR (PI) - January 2010 - December 2011
  • Joint Transportation Research Program (INDOT/FHWA) - Refine Process to Identify, Evaluate, and Adopt New Technologies and Identify New Proven Technologies for Indiana (PI) - January 2008 - August 2010
  • Purdue Engineer of 2020 Curriculum Development Grant - Seeking "The Innovator's DNA" in Engineering Students (with D. Beaudoin and J. Jones) - Summer 2010
  • Purdue Engineer of 2020 Curriculum Development Grant - Incorporating Entrepreneurial Lessons from the Kentlands Development Case into CE51200 - The Comprehensive Urban Planning Process (with J. Fricker) - Summer 2010

Teaching Activity
CE597U/A: Introduction to Instrumentation and Sensor Design

CE597B: Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy in Engineering

CE521: Construction Business Management

CE221: Construction Estimates and Plans

CE399: Oral and Written Communications for Civil Engineers

Honors & Awards
2010     National Academy of Engineering-U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Invitee

2009     3M Innovation Influencer

2009     Keynote - Headstrong Innovation Forum (Tokyo, Japan)

2008     Keynote - Utility Executives Leadership Institute (Santa Fe, NM)

2007     Keynote - Utility Executives Leadership Institute (Pinehurst, NC)

2006     Keynote - Business Innovation Factory (Providence, RI)

2006     Keynote - Lab Products Association (Baltimore, MD)

2005     Keynote - Near Field Communication Forum (Dallas, TX)

Selected Publications

  • Sinfield, J.V., Fagerman, D., and Colic, O., "Evaluation of Sensing Technologies for On-the-Go Detection of Macro-Nutrients in Cultivated Soils," Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, v, 70, n. 1, 1-18, 2010.
  • Sinfield, J.V., Colic, O., Fagerman, D., and Monwuba, C., "A Low-cost Time-resolved Raman Spectroscopic Sensing System Enabling Fluorescence Suppression," Applied Spectroscopy, v. 63, n. 2, 201-210, 2010.
  • Sinfield, J.V., Hemond, H.F., Germaine, J.T., Johnson, B., and Bloch, B., "Contaminant Detection, Identification, and Quantification Using a Microchip Laser Fluorescence Sensor," ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, v.133, n. 3, 346-351, 2007.
  • Dunston, P.S., Sinfield, J.V., Lee, T.Y., "Technology Development Decision Economics for Real-time Rolling Resistance Monitoring of Haul Roads," ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, v. 133, n. 5, 393-402, 2007.
  • Anthony, S.D., Johnson, M.W., Sinfield, J.V., "Institutionalizing Innovation," Sloan Management Review, v. 49, n. 2, 45-50, Winter 2008.
  • Anthony, S.D., Johnson, M.W., Sinfield, J.V., Altman, E.J., The Innovator's Guide to Growth - Putting Disruptive Innovation to Work, Harvard Business Press, 2008, 299 p. (translated into Japanese (October 2008), Mandarin (December 2008), and Polish (March 2010)).